After the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s report appeared late last year adding UV tanning devices to its Group One list of cancer causes, The Skin Cancer Foundation commissioned a white paper to the FDA urging greater regulation of tanning machines, and began working with legislators on this effort. In November, the FDA announced it would hold a meeting to discuss upgrading the classification of tanning machines from Class I, its lowest regulatory category. The steps the Foundation had taken were instrumental in making the meeting happen.
When the meeting was scheduled for this past March 25, the Foundation immediately launched a citizen’s petition in favor of reclassification, which garnered nearly 300 signatures. We also encouraged members and friends to submit testimony in favor of reclassification to the FDA via their website, and on March 25, experts representing the Foundation provided key testimony at the meeting.